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Nov 1, 2009 11:00am EST
health care, there could be a cool obama compromise. even on the hot button public option but on afghanistan, the middle is a muddle. it's either fight the taliban with all we've got or clear out. making his mark. when the debate ends, will the health care fight mark a new american direction in social policy? will his call in afghanistan be a trumpet blast or a fog horn? the change of seasons. last november, the country bought the chase for change. we were the change we've been waiting for but this november, some say they're still waiting. can the obama white house ever be as good as his campaign? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. katty kay covers washington for the british broadcasting corporation. howard fineman is senior washington correspondent at "newsweek." mary jordan covers politics at "the washington post." and mark whitaker is washington bureau chief for nbc news. first up, for president obama, this autumn may well the story of his first year and perhaps of his entire term. coming straight at a critical turning point from the two standout issues before the countr
NBC
Nov 22, 2009 11:00am EST
health care and they blame the president for a lousy economy. so what is obama to do to keep his big coalition? does he leave his left on the war and health and side in the middle? how does he keep things together when things have changed? how does he dance with the ones that brought him if they're different dances? losing face, bowing to the emperor, getting his speech jammed in china, trying terrorists in new york. is barack obama showing the kind of weakness that gets dreams? trouble? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. norah o'donnell is the chief correspondent for msnbc. anne kornblut, joe klein and david ignatius. first up president obama is facing three crushing difficulties, health care, the economy, and afghanistan. he is down to about 50% approval in the polls. that's completely due to his loss of independent voters. they have left him in droves. so for a president in need of support, what is the smart political move with independents on those three biggest issues? first let's take health care. since april, the president has lost independent voters on the key part of h
NBC
Nov 29, 2009 11:00am EST
: obama's war. he didn't start it but he's got to finish it. how do we go in strong enough to win but agree we're going to leave? a constant war? what's it like for this president knowing he's destined to command two wars that will bleed one into the future? can he lead a domestic fight to push our country forward? with the daily news of soldiers dying? and finally, two running for number two? hillary has been more hawkish on the war, tougher on pakistan, warmer on israel and pushed back running for governor in 2010, what about v.p. in 2012. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. anne kornblut covers the white house for "the washington post." andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs correspondent for nbc news and david i go flashese is a "washington post" -- david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. is the president prepared to take fire from the left and right flanks at home? his decision has been months in the making and the president told nbc news he plans to make his announcement clear. >> i'm confident at the end of this process i will be able to present to the ameri
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Nov 15, 2009 11:00am EST
. it has dominated since the end of september. through this past wednesday, president obama has held nine major meetings on the matter. while he has tossed and turned over the war, at least that decision is up to him alone. not so health care. democrats are caught in the great civil war on how to end that battle. nancy pelosi found a three-vote margin to pass the bill out of the house. there is no clear way to the 60 votes they need in the senate. all these months and no clear path to obama's prime goal for the year. mike, that's the question. how is he doing it? >> you get out the old recipe for passing unprecedented legislation, prayer, good luck charms, a visitation by bill clinton this week to rally the troops and old fashioned political muscle applied inside the democratic party to get this thing passed. it's a hard lift. lots of tests to come. the plan now is to get it through the senate by christmas so they can conference it possibly by state of the union. chris: did the president make a mistake by letting the congress over all these months, you do it, i'll cheerlead. was that
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Nov 4, 2009 6:00am EST
>> in washington, a year ago today, america voted barack obama as president. a year later, a possible setback for the president. >> time to start planning for the weekend. the forecast as to 11 news today continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> good morning. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we would get to other big stories in just a moment. thus check the forecast with tony pann. >> [unintelligible] it is called this morning, but i think it will be a very nice weekend. sunrise is the best time of the day when it is crisp and clear like that. beautiful shot there. it is crisp but cold and clear. he may have to scrape some frost off your windshield. 33 at the airport. shooting for a high of a 55. it should stay dry near baltimore. there may be summer rain showers late this afternoon. we will look at the forecast for the weekend when we come back in a few minutes. let's say good morning to sarah. >> that was a beautiful shot. here is what we are dealing with
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Nov 8, 2009 10:00am EST
. the economy, health care, two wars and the promise to change washington. what has mr. obama accomplished? joining us, new york times' columnist, david brooks, washington post columnist, e.j. dionne, msnbc's rachel maddow and ed gillespie. >>> and our "meet the press minute," 20 years ago the berlin wall is torn down. tom brokaw is the only journalist from a major news organization to broadcast those world changing events live. today he joins us from the very spot where the wall once stood. >>> but first, 13 dead and more than 30 injured after army psychiatrist major nadal kasan. investigators have concluded that the shooting rampage was not part of a terrorist plot. here this morning to talk about how this tragedy is affecting our troops, we are joined by the chief of staff, general george casey. general, welcome to "meet the press." i want to express my condolences for the fallen troops and their families this morning. >> thank you very much. >> i want to ask you about the investigation, though i know you can't say very much. the key piece "the new york times" is reporting
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Nov 26, 2009 4:30am EST
pictures. it is not clear whether the couple interacted with president obama or india's prime minister, who was guest of honor. there was no threat of danger to the president, because the couple went through the same metal security checkpoints as other guests. >>> well, nbc news has learned new details ahead of president obama's upcoming announcement on the u.s.-led strategy in afghanistan. officials say the president has, in fact, come to a final decision on a number of additional troops that will be september to the country. until yesterday, aides said the president was still weighing his options. the military expects the number of added forces to come in around 30,000. as the president seeks to sell his strategy to a skeptical public, the white house says the u.s. will not be in afghanistan eight years from now. >>> for millions of americans, thanksgiving means a few simple things, family, food, and a famous parade. today marks the 83rd annual macy's thanksgiving day parade where music, marching and some giant balloons are getting ready to take off. nbc's michelle franzen j
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Nov 8, 2009 8:00am EST
care reform bill and they even got one republican on board and now president obama is vowing to finish the job and soon. >>> the fallen. the u.s. military releases the names of all 13 victims of the shooting rampage at ft. hood. today we'll talk with the family of a soldier whose story is touching so many. >>> you go, girl. >> this is unbelievable! >> she outraced all of the boys in an incredible come from behind win and is now in the running for horse of the year. "today," sunday, november 8th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. big news overnight, democrats in congress needed 218 votes to pass their $1.2 trillion version of health care reform and they got it. >> they got it. this is not over yet. they got the votes plus a little extra. it all came from a tough fight in which members of the house on both sides of the debate pulled out all of the stops. one republican congressman bringing a baby on the house floor to make his point. we'll bring you the latest on
NBC
Nov 17, 2009 5:30am EST
. >> president obama is focusing on economic and security issues with the meeting with the chinese president in beijing this morning. >> from his are rival to his ceremony inside, it was a welcome for president obama. every detail was preset fee for a series of meetings between some of the most influential leaders. >> the american people are interested in stronger relations with the people of china. >> obama pledged tighter budget and in the u.s.. >> a strategy where america saves more and spend less, reduces long-term debt and where china makes the adjustment across a broad range of policies. >> encouraging china to take a tougher line on iran and north korea. on climate change, he was trying to get them agreed to clean energy initiatives. >> barack obama is not going to get much out of china. they want to know what is in it for me. barack obama is not offering very much. >> what a magnificent place to visit. >> he toured the city, the heart of china's government. a-and the president honor. he is not coming away on any concrete winds on his biggest priority. in washington, and wba
NBC
Nov 1, 2009 11:00pm EST
stomach. officers searched the neighborhood for clues, but no arrests have been made. president obama faces a milestone this week, the first anniversary of his election. though comes as the economy is showing signs of >> americans all around the country continue to ask the question, where are the jobs? >> republicans are saying the obama administration is not creating or saving the jobs. >> most of the jobs that are created or government jobs. >> the treasury secretary predicts a shocking recovery. >> this is a very tough economy. it is going to take some time for unemployment to come down and for jobs to get created again. >> he says the stimulus spending is just starting to show results. he says it is far too early as to whether government spending will be needed more. the president does not want to break one of his key campaign promises and raise taxes on the middle class. in washington, wbal-tv. >> u.s. senator ben cardin is also weighing in on the economy. he told our correspondent what he says is the real signs of recovery. >> it starts with consumer confidence. people wanting t
NBC
Nov 1, 2009 6:30pm EST
obama's next move. >>> back on the trail. the first big political test of the president in two key states. >>> new clues. what really happened inside the house of horrors in cleland. tonight, we're learning more. >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the new york city marathon. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the obama administration, which has been engaged in deep soul-searching over the military mission in afghanistan, is embracing a controversial decision that leaving karzai as that nation's president. as expected today the man who opposed karzai for the job in a flawed and disputed election dropped out of the runoff contest. a development that moves the obama administration one step closer to a decision on whether to commit more american troops to a war that grows more difficult by the day. nbc's chief foreign course dents richard engel starts us off tonight with the latest from kabul. >> reporter: in a packed hall at kabul university, abdullah abdullah pulled ou
NBC
Nov 14, 2009 11:00pm EST
. president obama is in singapore tonight. it is his first asian tour since taking office. he is attending an important economic summit with the message that even in these tough times, america means business. our reporter has details from washington. >> in singapore at the asia- pacific economic cooperation summit, president obama joined other world leaders in dressing up in local guard at a kickoff dinner. he posed for the obligatory flash photo. he and hillary clinton are in asia to face daunting challenges from the global economy and trade to the nuclear threat posed by north korea and iran. president obama kicked off his nine-day tour with a stop in japan, where the leader declared himself america's first pacific president. >> the united states looks to strengthen alliances and build new partnerships with the nations of this region. >> he met with the royal family of japan and reached out to top business leaders, promising a new era of cooperation. after a stop in china, he is going to south korea. demonstrators are already protesting against the president and the u.s. war in
NBC
Nov 17, 2009 6:30pm EST
. a critical day for president obama in china. >>> high and dry. here in arizona, the all-out effort to preserve something very precious and scarce. >>> attention shoppers, are you being duped? a new warning about deception on the web that can cost you. >>> and tonight's "making a difference" report. a game is teaching young men to tackle tough times on and off the field. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening tonight from phoenix. a generation of american women has grown up believing that turning 40 means getting your first mammogram. suddenly yesterday we all learned that recommendation jumps ahead ten years to the age of 50. and a change that big, that sudden, isn't being taken lightly. women are surprised, they're angry, their skeptical. some are scared they're going to miss something. it's serious business having to do with the number two cancer killer of women in this country. and because no two women are alike, because no two stories are alike, and because so many of us have lost someone in our lives to breast cancer, this has
NBC
Nov 4, 2009 6:30pm EST
change which could also be an ominous development for the-year-old obama administration. republicans were elected governor last night in two important states. but other than preferring both candidates to the democrats were voters across the country last night trying to say something else? there is evidence of an angry electorate out there. and we begin here tonight with our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. hey, chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, in the days leading up to this election the white house tried to downplay its significance. but when the results came in, the white house suddenly responded quickly, as if to say message received. more than any other issue the economy was what was in front of voters' minds yesterday. >> thank you. >> reporter: 85% of virginia voters and 90% of new jersey voters said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy. it's what propelled republicans bob mcdonnell and chris christie to their victories in both states. >> everybody is worried about the economy. of course
NBC
Nov 3, 2009 6:00pm EST
races around the country could be considered a test the present obama's political lot. >> a lot of the attention is focused on virginia, which is now considered a swing state, and on new jersey, where a republican may or may not unseat a democrat in the governor's race. president obama has worked hard to keep virginia and new jersey in the democratic column. the outcome of gubernatorial races in those states may be a reflection on the president. >> if he spots virginia and new jersey, he is fine. but if he loses both of them, that could slow down his momentum for his agenda. >> for the next governor of the commonwealth of virginia. >> in virginia, the president campaigned and helped raise money for creeds. >> i just felt that mcdonald's is too conservative. >> but polls show that voters were leaning toward mcdonald. >> i think he would have lower taxes. >> president obama also spent time campaigning for the new jersey democratic gov. jon corzine who is fighting to hold onto his seat. and lost their would be viewed as a suspect for the democratic -- a loss there would be viewed as a
NBC
Nov 3, 2009 5:00am EST
could both turner read today. both states a bloated obama last year. -- could both turner r red tape. both states voted obama last year. in virginia, the republican came from behind and has a double- digit lead. the democrat is walking a tightrope trying to win obama supporters but also distancing himself. president obama campaigned for both democrats. washington-lac -- washington backlash could work against them. in upstate new york, and republican dropped out and endorsed the democrat against the conservative candidate. and maine is trying to determine if they should roll back the same sex law. washington is watching these races very closely. voter frustration is attributed to the millions of people who cannot find a job. wbal-tv. >> a first of its kind program begins in maryland today keeping an eye on maryland practitioners and how often they wash their hands. the program will place secret shoppers in hospitals to make sure practitioners' practice proper hygiene. that brings us to our watercooler question of the day. what do you think of a program that monitors doctor's hand hygi
NBC
Nov 29, 2009 2:30am EST
version has got to get through. i think the obama administration understands it's politically untenable to have this thing die on the vine, because then they're incapable of getting any legislation through. you'll see whatever compromises are necessary to get some kind of health care package through. the larger question, what else are we thinking about? what's the context in which health care reform is occurring? and there's a tremendous of other economic issues, the most notable, what you began, unemployment, which we don't have the political will to address today. what you hope doesn't happen, all the political concern gets drained out on health care. the. >> one of the real economy issues was taxes. glen, upper instrumental in designing the bush tax cuts in 2003, set to expire now in 2011. a lot of people feel that if we were to see these tax cuts expire, that's going to pressure an already fragile recovery. what are your thoughts on higher taxes next year? >> well, there's two sense in which the higher taxes would hurt the recovery. one would be higher taxes on entrepreneurs, small
NBC
Nov 18, 2009 6:00am EST
obama continues his asian tour, more discussions on capitol hill. officials including vice president joe biden and tom care bill. he has enough to start debate though cautiously optimistic. >> we will come up with a bill that we feel comfortable with and give to the american people. >> they are meeting with senate democrats to discuss the biey ae democrats to discuss the bill which could be unveiled as early as today. it includes several changes, such as a new proposal for long-term insurance program to assist the elderly and disabled. many gop are opposed. >> the public is saying that they do not want any more bills that are 2000 pages. >> the vote could come as early as this friday. in washington, nikole killion, wbal-tv. coming up, the mornings financial news in a bloomberg business report. >> which new cars are the safest on the road? we will bring you the results of a new report in the consumer alert. >> the ravens give their place- kicker the boot. >> he did not want to give your car the boot. what is in store for the first snowfall of the season. we are talking tires coming up
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Nov 24, 2009 6:30pm EST
, depending on where you live. >>> and house party. the obamas have a little dinner planned, and it's the social event of the season. >>> also tonight, working on a dream along highway 50 with tom brokaw. nbc n"nbc nightly news" begins . captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt. brian williams is back tomorrow. president obama says next week he will announce a strategy to, in his worz, finish the job in afghanistan. what began eight years ago as a conventional were to deny al qaeda sanctuary in afghanistan has devolved into a bloody hit and run guerrilla conflict, without a well-defined end game and a growing cost of american lives. the president is expected to lay out his new goals for the war in his new speech next tuesday and it is widely believed he will commit thousands of additional troops to the fight as part of a broad plan to defeat the insurgency. we have the story recovered with reports from washington to kabul. we begin with nbc's savannah guthrie at the white house. savannah? >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is the most important
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Nov 30, 2009 5:30am EST
. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you, jen. president obama is expected to announce a plan to send up to 35,000 more american troops to afghanistan. the strategy is expected to be a tough sell. critics wonder how the president will justify the enormous cost. 11 news reporter brian mooar has that story from washington. >> how many more american troops are headed to afghanistan? president obama makes his long-awaited announcement on tuesday. but early leaks are suggesting he'll send more than 30,000 within the next year and a half, 9,000 beginning in february. >> that's reminiscent of vietnam, that slow escalation. it didn't work there. you need to put in everybody you can, as quickly as you can, and deliver a knockout punch to the enemy. >> republicans aren't convinced the president is doing enough. democrats are afraid afghanistan will become the next iraq. >> the key here is an afghan surge not an american surge. >> senator carl levin of michigan is one of a number of democrats who want to tax the wealth dwroi pay for the war. estimated costs of an extra mi
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Nov 16, 2009 5:00am EST
reserves last year. president barack obama is in china this morning on a three-day visit that will highlight the deep economic ties. 11 news reporter brook hart is in washington with more on a speech to university students. >> in shanghai, president obama tried to open talks american style. >> thank you very much for the question. >> at a town hall with chinese students he said free discussions are a source of strength. >> we do not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation. but we also don't believe that the principles that we stand for are unique to our nation. >> the event was tightly run by china's government. the students were handpicked and coached, their questions scripted. to widen the audience the white house streamed the event on its website. it is not blocked by china's government. >> thank you so much for your hospitality. >> earlier the government met with leaders in shanghai. one who highlighted g.m.'s strong sales there this year. >> absolutely. i think they've learned from their operations here in terms of increasing sales back in the united states
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Nov 19, 2009 4:30am EST
>>> this morning on "early today," nuclear punishment. president obama wraps up his asia tour with tough talk of sanctions against iran and in north korea. >>> rogue run-in. crowds flock to former governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. >>> and blinding by the light. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm list theen that brown. today we begin with a spotlight on security. president obama stopped in south korea and turned his attention to trade and threats of nuclear proliferation. from north korea's atomic testing to iran's defines, president obama offered tough talk on the issues. chuck todd is traveling with the president and has the latest from the south korean capital. chuck? >> reporter: good morning from s seoul. this was easily the warmest welcome he received of any during this seven-day swing. the south koreans literally rolled out the red carpet. they discussed a couple of topics, namely, trade, as well as the north korean nuclear mission. president obama announce
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Nov 12, 2009 6:00am EST
. >> back to the drawing board as president obama looks for new options when it comes to sending troops into afghanistan. >> a daredevil sky diver set a world record and then moments later he was dead. >> the tide is expected to be well above normal. a live report is just ahead. >> ms out of there. that could translate into major problems on the roadway. problems on the roadway. we but no drink? no chips? and no chance to win madden nfl 10? man, that's roughing the wallet. now this is the total package. two pieces of kentucky grilled chicken, a side, biscuit, and a madden nfl cup. you catch all that? you know i did. colonel -- i'm a fan. still think a $5 sub is a great deal? get the $5 madden nfl box. choose from 6 kfc favorites... with a side and a madden nfl cup. now i'm a full back. unthink... and taste the unsub side of kfc. >> 45 degrees in the downtown area. >> a nasty morning. it began as a tropical storm and now it is in no easter. >> it is causing concern in low- lying areas. sander joins us with more on that. >> i am here and the western side of the bay where eight flood watch is u
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Nov 16, 2009 3:30am EST
my friends, hanging out with the obama administration or hanging out with sharpton. >>> with us this morning, education secretary arne duncan, former democratic presidential candidate reverend al sharpton, and former house speaker newt gingrich. >>> in the "meet the press minute," as president obama lands in china this morning we look back to 1976 when george h.w. bush tries to explain a controversial chinese invitation extended to an impeached richard nixon. >> we can argue and there's plenty of room for opinion and i have my own personal opinion which i don't plan to divulge to you about how i feel about it, but i'm telling you how the chinese feel about it. >>> but first secretary of state hillary clinton is traveling in asia with president obama. i spoke to her hours ago from singapore. secretary clinton, welcome back to "meet the press." >> it's great to talk with you from singapore, david. thank you. >> let me begin by something that's very controversial back home, as you well know, the decision by the attorney general to transfer some of the high-profile prisoners from guantan
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Nov 25, 2009 4:30am EST
>>> this morning on "early today," decision time. president obama plansz to announce a strategy to, quote, finish the job in afghanistan. >>> mad rush. americans brace for one of the busiest travel times of the year. >>> great escape. a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the doors unlocked. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. today we begin with making his case. early next week, president obama is expected to announce his strategy for the u.s.-led war in afghanistan. although details are not yet public, the president is reinforcing a principal point. more than eight years into the war he intends to, quote, finish the job. after a series of top-level meetings, the president is said to be supporting a plan that over time would deploy 32,000 to 35,000 additional u.s. forces to the country. despite dwindling public support for the war, the president says he is confident americans will rally behind the new strategy. >>> wel
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Nov 22, 2009 2:30am EST
money. president obama's trip to china, why that country is increasingly more important to america. and why they may not be listening quite as closely to tuesday as they used to. safe at home. playing ball with joe torre. he'll talk about his foundation, his success and a little bit of baseball. the "wall street journal report" begins right now. >>> here's a look at what's making news. the american consumer may be in slightly better shape than many experts thought. retail sales for the month of october were release this week and sthoed an increase of 1.4%, nearly double what economists were looking for. that's important because consumers make up about 70% of the u.s. economy. the data helped push the markets up to a 13 month high on monday. they nudged higher again on tuesday but fell mid-week on weak economic data. there was mixed news on the inflation front. the producer price index which measure wholesale prices rose more slowly than expected. on the consumer price index which measures retail inflation came i slightly higher than expected because of rising energy prices. investm
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Nov 26, 2009 6:30pm EST
tonight -- party crashers. the uninvited couple that slipped through white house security at the obama first state dinner. how could it happen? brian williams saw them. we will hear his account in his own words. >>> thanksgiving, traditions here and home and for troops at home. >>> gold return. you have seen the ads. is this the time to sell your old gold? >>> and a new princess coming to the new screen this weekend and why she's getting so much attention. >>> "nbc nightly news" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, i'm hoda kotb in for brian williams. we begin with a story that might be considered by some if it didn't involve a breach of security. a couple of reality tv stars crashed the fancy white house security. they weren't on the guest left but somehow wound on in pictures with vice president biden and chief of staff rahm emanuel and on a facebook page. how did they get? our white house competent savannah guthrie starts our investigation. >> reporter: the white house said this is not normal. they are trying to figure out how this couple
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Nov 11, 2009 6:00am EST
straight ahead. >> president obama meets with his war council. has he made a decision as to whether to add more troops? that decision coming up. >> they look at the winning lottery numbers from last night. >> the morning, checking on your morning commute. but the book is going on out there. no volume related delays. take edmondson due to water main break repairs. butler road at route 30, traffic lights are out at the busy intersection. use caution. they live view of traffic. harford county, so far so good. enjoyed a quiet ride despite the boats are slick. use caution. 95 looking good. that is the latest. here is sandra giving as a good way to commemorate veteran's day with an art auction. >> it is an art auction taking place tonight. it is at the church of the redeemer. some of the artwork that will be auctioned off is done by the residence here. this is a fine piece here. there is a silent auction and a live auction. plenty of food is on hand. $20 kit you in the door. live music as well. check it out. something fun to do. take a look at the forecast. we will be cool today. 53-58. carr
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Nov 3, 2009 7:00am EST
. and while president obama isn't on the ballot, the results could speak volumes about what voters think of the job he's doing. >>> new images. police release computer-enhanced photos of what madelyn mccann would look like today, exactly 2 1/2 years after her mysterious disappearance. this morning, the new push to find who is is responsible. >>> and absolute disaster. a fork lift operator bumps into a shelf at a vodka warehouse, and the whole place comes crashing down. and with over $100,000 in damage, that driver's career could be on the rocks today, tuesday, november 3rd, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. that vodka story's something. our crew just ran out of here with sponges. >> he's in big trouble. >> he is in big trouble. >> ooh. that's a lot of -- >> we'll have more on that. >>> meanwhile, it's election day. if you're at the white house today, you're downplaying the significance of today's results, but the head of the republican party says we could be seeing a referend
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Nov 5, 2009 3:05am EST
laughter ] first lady michelle obama and second lady jill biden were at game one of the world series tonight in new york. yeah, they went because michelle loves baseball, and mrs. biden loves getting out of the house. did you hear about this? this is insane. a woman in philadelphia was arrested after she offered sex in exchange for tickets to a world series game. when we heard about that steve phillpis from espn is like, "what kind of seats you looking for? [ laughter ] i got two. throw in a free hot dog." [ laughter and ohs ] that was you who made that joke. i mean i didn't even -- [ laughter ] can you believe that? the woman offered sex for tickets. in her defense, though, she loves baseball, the eras, the rbis, the stds. [ laughter ] she just loves it. you guys excited for halloween? [ cheers and applause ] only three days away. only three days away, this year, the most popular costumes are bernie madoff, kate gosselin and lady gaga. the lady gaga one is my favorite, except for the fact that you have to change it every ten minutes. that's the only problem with that one. [ light la
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Nov 25, 2009 5:00am EST
sisters. president obama says he will release his strategy for afghanistan. he says it will seriously confronted al qaeda and its allies. >> last night, historic tradition as the state dinner came to life. obama hosted the prime minister of india. hollywood and people from world affairs were there. >> when these nations realize the trends and achievements, cheers. please be seated. >> the president was asked about strategy in afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> sources say the president will add 30,000 troops to the war zone. he will ask nato allies to send 10,000 more. it would give the general what he wants. republicans demanded it. concerns coming in about cost. democrats propose a war tax to pay for it. they are concerned about whether it would work. a decorated iraq veteran quit his post over strategy. >> if we have more troops, the taliban is not. to come to the table for nicklas haƏtian until we start to withdraw. >> obama will let out his plan next week. a hearing some more funding will occur here. in washington, wbal tv 11 news. >> as people hi
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Nov 5, 2009 5:00am EST
become the party of "no." >> the stakes are monumental for president obama. >> we have an obligation to create a better health-care system that works for our people, businesses, and government alike. >> he leans on lawmakers' in person on friday to try to close the deal for democrats. the house plan gets a powerful endorsement from the aarp. their plan would expand coverage at the expense of medicare. nbc news. >> 38 degrees -- attorneys for the convicted sniper make a last attempt to spare his life. >> in new details of the discovery of more bodies inside of a convicted rapist home. what they have in common and how they hope to link the suspect two other unsolved crimes. >> here is a live look at traffic. volume is picking up on the ring ring ring ring progresso. hi. we love your weight watchers endorsed soups but my husband looks the way he did 20 years ago. well that's great. you haven't seen him... my other can is ringing. progresso. hey can you tell my wife to relax and enjoy the view? (announcer) progresso. you gotta taste this soup. to start losing essential nutrients? not lon
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Nov 10, 2009 5:30am EST
the deadly shooting rampage at fort hood are being remembered today. president obama will travel to texas to remember them. the investigation revealed new details about the suspects. nikole killion has more on that. >> president obama will speak at a memorial today. she will meet with families and wounded troops. at fort hood, president obama is pledging a full investigation in the tragic shooting. >> we are going to complete this investigation and take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that something like this never happens again. >> did the government missed warning signs? the fbi has opened an internal review to see if they mishandled information gathered about nidal hasan last year. a radical group praised him as a hero for his attack. some of the 9/11 hijackers and nidal hasan were shipped at a mosque. >> he practiced the islamic faith, would offer no justification for his son aa and cowardly act of violence. >> investigators say there is no evidence that he was directed to carry out the rampage. the fbi does not believe he was part of a terrorist plot. >> i cannot tell
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Nov 25, 2009 6:30pm EST
say, has the highest inflation rate in the country. >>> we learned today president obama will travel next month to copenhagen for a u.n. conference to address one of the biggest issues face the planet, global warming. until today there were doubts about whether the president would attend this meeting. now, as our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson reports tonight, the president will not only go, he'll make a new promise on behalf of this country. >> reporter: as scientists insist time is running out to combat global warming, news that president obama will attend next month's climate talks revived hopes that copenhagen would produce more than political hot air. >> i think it's terrific that the president is going to copenhagen. it signals to the world that he is serious and the united states is serious about taking a step toward a final binding agreement. >> reporter: in copenhagen the president will propose the united states cut its greenhouse gas emissions in a range of 17% by 2020. >> from the environmental perspective it's not quite enough to get to whe
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Nov 22, 2009 9:00am EST
. president obama applauded the senate vote and said he is looking forward to a thorough and productive debate. >> time now for our sunday morning q and a. joining us is congressman rupersberger. >> good morning. >> we're getting ready for this bruising debate on health care reform. >> first thing is the process, the house pass d a bill. that's not going to be the bill that will pass. it's now in the senate. important issue in the health care cost and i think that gets lost sometimes. it says that we know that five years down the road, that an average family will be able to pay for health care. the cost of health care per family right now, average cost is $13,500 a year. most people don't understand that because their companies subsidize it. they get their pay check, they probably think they're paying more in taxes when it's health care. >> but i want to ask you a question because there was this huge story out of washington this week ond mammograms. i'm tying it all together because afthis efplt people worry that this decision regarding mammograms over 50 versus over 40. people worry th
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Nov 5, 2009 12:35am EST
. uh, this is nice. over in washington president obama called and congratulated republican bob mcdonald today after he won the governorship in virginia. obama then moved virginia to the bottom of the swine flu vaccine waiting list. [ laughter ] i thought that was interesting. in washington last night, also, michelle obama took sasha and malia to a miley cyrus concert. after the show, they got a miley poster, a t-shirt and her autograph and that stuff was just for biden. he couldn't go -- [ light laughter ] he really wanted to go. happy 40th birthday to "sesame street" everybody. [ cheers and applause ] "sesame street" is getting so old it's now brought you by the letters "a" "a" "r" and "p." [ laughter ] you guys, virgin airways as created a new iphone app that helps people overcome their fear of flying. it's actually just a bunch of videos of trains crashing. [ laughter ] it works, it works. that's worse. much worse. you guys hear about this? this is international news. china is going to build new disneyland right in shanghai. it's just like our disneyland, but, in china, goof
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Nov 6, 2009 6:00pm EST
washington. >> president barack obama said that he is getting updates from the fbi and other federal investigators. meanwhile, in virginia, relatives of the suspect released a statement, calling this crime despicable and deplorable. >> president barack obama ordered flags at the capitol, the white house and other federal buildings to be flown at half staff until veterans day, a way to honor the victims from fort hood, texas. >> this is a modest tribute to those that lost their lives as many preparing to risk their lives for their country. >> the president cautioned jumping to conclusions. a similar sentiment was expressed at a maryland mosque that the shooter attended until last spring. >> the community was saddened. we are sad and shot that a muslim was involved. >> worshipers described him as a shy man. big news was a believable. >> i could never think that it was religion or the war that was his modem. i refuse to believe that. >> 10 minutes down the road, residence at his former foreign building work surprised to hear that the accused sure was a former neighbor. >> while the moti
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Nov 4, 2009 5:30am EST
the nationwide election results are a referendum on president obama's first year in office? email us your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the baltimore county school district is seeing its first population increase in five years. it is still middle school picked up almost 200 new students. -- catonsville middle school picked up almost 200 new students. >> we have families constantly trying to move into our area because our schools are very desirable. >> they want to replace portable classrooms with a new edition soon. >> cruise ship traffic is up this year according to the port of baltimore. many are expected to depart before the end of the year. the cruises will have an impact of $152 million. a push to protect employees that are coming down with the swine flu. some are trying to make sure workers get paid while sick with this disease -- with this virus. >> we are checking fired a permit activity on the roads permit activity on the roads - ( music playing ) - now's the time to invest. in lumber. in rubber. in bellies. and precious metals. it's time to put everything you have
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Nov 25, 2009 5:30am EST
it. the first state dinner was hosted by president obama. our reporter is live with the wrap up. >> good morning. just over 300 people received this selective in by making it the hottest ticket in town. it was not the academy awards but it felt like it. no red carpet but lots of a- listers. plenty of politicians. they were there to watch the president and first lady recognize the guest of honor, the prime minister of india. >> today we celebrate the spirit of our partnership between our people. >> it is a privilege to be invited to the first state banquet. >> a night of fine dining was kicked off. there was entertainment. from the national symphony orchestra to jennifer hudson. she sang a few bars before going onto stage. a night under the big tent with more likely to follow. >> the first one is an easy way to set the tone for the next three years. >> last night was not just about having a big party but to get the prime minister and president to agree on several issues from the economy. >> why was india the first one? >> the white house says it is because of india's importance t
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Nov 12, 2009 5:30am EST
obama leaves for a trip to asia without making a decision on the war in afghanistan. the president is ordering advisers to go back to the drawing board. nikole killion is in washington to explain why. >> senior administration officials say that the president is not considering any of the options so far. >> new demands for the president to start over. >> we have to recall why we are in afghanistan which is to ensure that that this country does not become a safe haven for al qaeda. >> general petraeus is one of the advisers consulting the president on his afghanistan strategy. officials have presented a range of options from sending in as few as 10,000 troops to 40,000. those involved in the deliberations say the president wants clarification about an exit strategy. the white house said the president believes we need to make clear to the afghan government that our commitment is not open ended. he has concerns about the u.s. ambassador to there. there is uncertainty about the leadership of the person in afghan. >> corruption is the will not the exception down there. >> president obama is
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Nov 16, 2009 6:00am EST
brook hart in washington. president obama begins three days in china promoting free expression. that story coming up. >> mayor sheila dixon's felony theft trial resumes this morning. we'll have a preview of what's expected. >> it feels more like spring weather than fall. how much longer will we be able to enjoy it? the insta-weather plus forecast as 11 news today continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy] captioned by the national captioning institute -- www.ncicap.org -- >> good monday morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us nor put it put it. -- for 11 news today. >> we deserved yesterday. didn't we? after days of rain. >> after the nor'easter, rain, wind, all of that stuff. yes, that's a good way to look at it. we did deserve it. we're going to keep it for the most part today. we're going to take off 10 degrees, but when it was 72 yesterday and you take off 10 today, still good. not a whole lot to talk about on this monday morning. just a little fog. some high, thin clouds. temperatures upper 40's and low 50's. maybe a
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Nov 2, 2009 6:30pm EST
obama reluctantly is trying to put cautious optimism about a new relationship. here's president obama on this relationship and the phone call that he had with president karzai. >> but i emphasized that this has to be a point in time in which we begin to write a new chapter based on improved governance, a much more serious effort to eradicate corruption, joint efforts to accelerate the training of afghan security forces so that the afghan people can provide for their own security. >> reporter: now, with the runoff now off, this means that the president doesn't have a reason for delaying a decision on that afghanistan strategy, but don't expect it in the next week. i'm told he wants another meeting with the joint chiefs of staff. he would like more military options, and a decision now, brian, might not come until thanksgiving. >> all right, chuck, let's turn domestic while we still have you for a moment. tomorrow night's election night. what are you going to be looking for? and what is that building behind you going to be looking for? >> two things. number one, they're going to be watch
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Nov 2, 2009 5:00am EST
later this week on jobs. 11 news reporter tracy potts has that from washington. >> when president obama hears from his economic experts this morning, they'll mention the new numbers on pending home sales, construction spending, manufacturing and the weekend bankruptcy of c.i.t. that company finances more than half the retail industry, helping 300,000 stores pay for the products you buy. c.i.t.'s chapter 11 filing shows the economy is still hurting. >> our work is not yet done. we are digging ourselves out of a hole and we've begun to pull ourselves back from the brink. >> but the obama administration insists stimulus money is working. we'll find out friday when the government reports how many jobs were lost in october. economists expect 175,000. the administration is focusing on jobs saved. >> when a city doesn't have to fire a fireman and they can keep teachers in the class roornlings cops on the streets, firemen in the firehouse, that's a job saved. >> but republicans say there's really no way to calculate that. >> i would hope that we've seen some economic growth. but americans all a
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Nov 24, 2009 6:00am EST
. president obama may be making a decision about the afghan war. >> the american people want the president to take the time to get the decision right rather than make a hasty decision. >> following months of deliberation, he has been considering a number of troop options. one has requested 40,000 forces. a middle option ranges around 20,000 could be more likely. >> it is not just how we get people there but what is the>> administration officials say the generals could testify before congress as early as next week. the president will have to convince allies. he is hosting a visit with the prime minister of india who is an important part of that region. >> [unintelligible] >> president obama and the prime minister are expected to talk more about cooperation on counterterrorism as it relates >> not a whole lot of volume. the rain is playing a role. down through edmondson. a crash still clearing at water view. avoid harpers farm in colombia. an accident at i-97. 895, an accident off to the side. no lanes of travel blocked. in life few of a delay at liberty road due to rain and volume
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Nov 16, 2009 5:30am EST
whether terror suspects should be brought to the united states it follows the obama administration's announcement to try several in new york. now there's talk of using some u.s. prisons to hold detainees from guantanamo. 11 news washington bureau reporter nikole killion has that story. >> today officials from the homeland security and justice and defense departments will tour a prison outside of chicago to see if it could potentially house terror suspects. in the small illinois farm town of thompson, this is the facility the white house says is a leading option to detain as many as 100 terror suspects from guantanamo. >> this is something that is very good for our state. it's good for our economy. it's good for our public safety. >> state officials say re-opening the nearly vacant prison will create more than 2,000 local jobs. those opposed wrote a letter to president obama stating, "al qaeda terrorists should stay where they cannot endanger american citizens." the debate comes as the obama administration tries to figure out what to do with more than 200 detainees after admitting it
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Nov 18, 2009 4:30am EST
>>> this morning on "early today," next stop, south korea. president obama turns his focus toward north korea. >>> up in flames. an explosion at an oil refinery sends a plume of fire into the skies of utah. >>> and dash cam depth. a police cruiser camera catches a deadly high-speed collision in a police cruiser camera catches a deadly high-speed collision in connecticut. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. >>> today we begin with the next and final step. president obama is en route to south korea this morning after several busy days in china. although the president will be discussing key issues in seoul, many see his stop in beijing as perhaps the most critical of his four-nation tour. for the latest we turn to nbc news chief white house correspondent chuck todd, who is traveling with the president. good morning, chuck. >> reporter: good morning, christina. well, the president wrapped up his last day in beijing. playing tourist. he got to seat great wall up close and did have one more formal meeting here with the premier w
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Nov 29, 2009 6:00pm EST
. there's got to be more to it than that... i'll never doubt you again. >> this week, president obama is expected to announce a plan to send more troops to afghanistan, a strategy that is expected to be a tough sell and that will have a big cost. we have that story from washington. >> how many more americans are heading to afghanistan? president obama makes his long- awaited announcement on tuesday, but some are suggesting he will send more than 30,000 with in the next 1.5 years, 9000 beginning in february. >> it did not work previously. you need to put in every but you can as quickly as you can and deliver a knockout punch quickly to the enemy. >> some are not convinced the president is doing enough. democrats are afraid that afghanistan will become the next iraq. >> the key here is an afghan surge, not an american surge. >> they want to tax the wealthy to pay for the war, an extra $1 million per troup, per year. david obey of wisconsin wants to tax everyone but the troops -- an extra $1 million per troup. -- troop. >> we have to see what this costs us on education and on our efforts to
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Nov 11, 2009 11:00pm EST
obama's spent time with some of the members of the families who had loved ones killed in the war. >> in an unscheduled veteran's day visit, president obama spent time among the graves at arlington national cemetery, specifically at once from afghanistan. she -- he is considering sending more troops. >> as long as i am commander in chief, america is going to do right by them. >> the former secretary urged the president to hurry. >> it is important that he makes his decision soon because there are young men and women out there carrying the battle that are at great risk. >> the commander in chief at with advisers today. he is looking at all options. one calls for 44,000 more troops. and vice-president wants to send as few as 10,000 troops. there are some plans for up to 35,000 more. it is backed by several people. almost as many new forces as requested by a general. obama is looking at past numbers. >> back to focusing on al qaeda and pushing the taliban back so we can withdraw from the region eventually. >> short term, more u.s. forces will be at risk. the commander in chief is still work
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Nov 14, 2009 6:00pm EST
obama is in singapore for the annual asian-pacific economic summit. in a series of meetings, the president is having to focus on nuclear issues and global cooperation, but he cannot seem to avoid questions about american troops escalations in afghanistan. >> in singapore, at the asia- pacific economic cooperation summit, president obama joined other world leaders. he posed for the obligatory class photo. he and secretary of state hillary clinton are in asia to address the daunting challenges in the global economy and trade and the new threats from north carroll -- the nuclear threats from north korea and iran. president obama kicked off the tour with a stop in japan, where the hawaiian-born leader declared himself a first pacific president. >> the united states looks to strengthen old alliances and build new partnerships. of them he met with the royal family of japan and reached out to top business leaders, promising a new era of cooperation. after a stop in china, he is headed to south korea, where demonstrators are already protesting against the president and the u.s. war in af
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Nov 16, 2009 4:30am EST
>>> this morning on "early today," east meets west. president obama continues his asia trip with a historic visit to china. >>> more harm than good. millions could be affected by new concerns over two popular cholesterol drugs. >>> and sky high. a 95-year-old woman celebrates her birthday with a death-defying leap. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >>> today we begin with a delicate diplomatic two-step. president obama is working his way through asia to strengthen american ties in that region, particularly with china. now, that's a country that the united states has new complicated, almost unprecedented economic ties. nevertheless, opening his first visit to that country, the president politely but firmly pressed for greater freedoms there, including unsensored access to the internet. nbc chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he joins frus shanghai this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you put it really well saying it was a polite little tag
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